This week we had an introduction to using Adobe Illustrator. After a look at the different tools we were set the task of tracing round a simple image, particularly using the pen tool and bezier curves.
In the past, I have created a path around an object by clicking with the pen tool and then converting each point to a curve. It is a very time consuming way of working even if it did achieve similar results. Using Bezier curves, by clicking the pen tool and then dragging the anchor was a little tricky at first, but I think I mostly got the hang of it.
To practice this tool further I found an image of a script font, that had lots of curves on it, and copied and pasted it to Illustrator. Then I used the pen tool and Bezier curves to trace over the letters.
I also used layers to create each letter separately.
This is the result:
This is the original image that I copied from.
There are a couple of areas that are not quite the same and I have drawn some of the lines a bit thicker than they were supposed to be but all in all, I don’t think it is a bad first attempt.